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MK Levy Abekasis Commits to Fighting Child Poverty

Published on: December 17, 2012

The “Latet” organization held a conference today in conjunction with other food charities at “Cinema City” in Rishon L’Tzion.  MK Orly Levy Abekasis sat on a panel with other MKs from other political parties.  The topic of the panel discussion was how to reduce the number of people living in poverty today in Israel.

MK Levy-Abekasis serves as chairperson of the Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights and has spent much of the 18th Knesset working to improve welfare services for children and adolescents.

MK Levy-Abekasis said, “As someone who works with children at risk, I say to you now that I will work in the next Knesset to make more after-school programming available and improve the quality of education for these children.  I want to bring back the “Neighborhood Improvement” project of the 1980’s.  Children who are part of poor segment of the population – and in some case this may comprise an entire city – will be entitled to free after-school activities, including sports, music, and other enrichment programming.  This will go a long way to ensuring that the great potential of these children now living in poverty will be realized. We, as a country, must give these children the tools they need.”

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